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Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Young Boaters in Chevy Chase Lake
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Thornapple Street Newspaper
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Reservoir Hike September 3, 1916
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Maryland Man and Woman on horseback with dogs riding to Fox Hunt
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Thomas Fisher Map of Chevy Chase
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Streetcar
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Fourth of July Parade with Isiah Leggett
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
 Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs

Welcome

In 1890, a new kind of neighborhood began to take shape on former farmland at the edge of Washington, D.C.  The modern planned community of Chevy Chase, Maryland was designed to take advantage of a revolutionary mode of rapid transit: the streetcar.  This electric-powered conveyance made commuting from a home in the country to work in the nation’s capital fast, easy and convenient.  Residents of Chevy Chase enjoyed the best of both worlds – and they made the most of each! 

Today’s residents and members of the Chevy Chase Historical Society protect and treasure the character of their community while they welcome the best aspects of the future.  We welcome you to join us – and to explore our history.


 

 

Nov. 5 “Kit Houses” Lecture
Will Showcase Scholar’s Local Finds

 
 

 

Kit house scholar Kathryn Holt Springston will reveal the results of four months of research and measuring she has conducted for the Chevy Chase Historical Society when she delivers CCHS’ 2017 Fall Lecture on Sunday, November 5, at 4 p.m. at the Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane in the Town of Chevy Chase. Her illustrated lecture will be titled “The Kit Houses of Chevy Chase, Maryland: The American Dream by Mail and Rail.”

CCHS launched a search May for kit houses, the well-built pre-cut homes offered by Sears & Roebuck and many competitors in the first half of the 20th century.  Forty local homeowners responded, and Springston eventually measured 31 houses. She will report her findings on Nov. 5. and present Certificates of Authentication to homeowners whose kit house origins she has been able to confirm. The community is welcome to the free lecture. 

 
 

The Emmett-Bodner family in Section 3 rejoiced at the news their house is a genuine Sears kit, after Kathryn Springston’s measuring team climbed a ladder to the attic to measure joists and beams.

 

 

 

The Chevy Chase Kit House Survey

Kathryn Holt Springston, a scholar of Sears kit houses for three decades and a frequent Smithsonian Associates lecturer on the subject, helped the Chevy Chase Historical Society identify kit houses shipped to Chevy Chase by rail between 1906-1941. 

Kit houses ranged from small bungalows to large colonials.

 

 
       

 

Part-Time Permanent Position Available:
Director, CCHS Archive and Research Center


Deadline for application: October 16, 2017
Click here for job description and instructions for application.

 


CCHS Spring Lecture 2017 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel!

"Readers Build Community: The Literary Culture of Early Chevy Chase"

An illustrated lecture celebrating the new CCHS online exihibit "Chevy Chase Reads"


 

CCHS Fall Lecture 2016 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel

Longtime Bethesda resident and journalist Steve Roberts gave an illustrated lecture, “A Tale of Two Suburbs: Bethesda and Chevy Chase.”  Please visit our YouTube Channel

To purchase Steve Roberts' book, please visit our online store

 
 

 



We are deeply grateful to the Sponsors of the

Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, held on May 7, 2017

For the complete list of the 2017 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors and Friends, please click HERE.

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Visit the CCHS Archive and Research Center
Lower Level of the Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Avenue. Chevy Chase, MD
Open every Tuesday:  10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm, without an appointment.
For other days and times, please call or email us to make an appointment -- we don't want to miss you!
Telephone:  301-656-6141    Email:  info@chevychasehistory.org

 

 

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is supported in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County